The 2021 recipients of the DeKalb County 4-H scholarships are Briona Agee, Gracie Griffin, and Lily Martin. The $500 scholarships are given in memory of Ms. Jo Ellen Huffman, former administrative assistant at UT Extension, and Mr. Ron Rogers, former 4-H Extension agent. The scholarship was established in 2017 through alumni and community donations and is awarded to active 4-H members attending college or technical school.
Briona has been involved in judging teams and volunteer work. She participated in poultry, livestock, and horse judging this year and will be competing at the state horse judging contest in June. Briona job shadowed at the Extension office her senior year as part of the work study program at DCHS. She was a valuable asset assisting the 4-H agent with meetings and events. She plans on attending TN Tech with a major in Agriculture Education.
Gracie has competed in livestock judging and the outdoor meat cookery contest. She attended State 4-H Congress and Academic Conference, as well as other local meetings and events. Gracie plans on majoring in Pre-Veterinary Science at TN Tech in the fall to pursue her passion for animals and agriculture.
Lily has been heavily involved in her project area of Nutrition, Health, and Fitness where she has taught younger 4-H members, completed a portfolio, and earned a trip to the Healthy Living Summit in Washington, D.C. Lily also has the distinct and rare honor of being part of two state champion teams: poultry judging and outdoor meat cookery. She went on to win a national title in poultry judging in Louisville, KY. She has been an active Honor Club and All-Star member all throughout her high school career attending numerous events and completing many volunteer hours. Lily plans on attending UT Knoxville this fall with a major in Psychology.
DeKalb County 4-H and UT/TSU Extension wishes these young ladies the best of luck and is proud of all their accomplishments. For more information about 4-H or the scholarship fund, please call 615-597-4945.